Coffs Harbour Bypass $2.2B upgrade incoming

The Australian and New South Wales Governments have announced the construction of the new $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass, expected to begin early next year.

The project will upgrade around 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour, staring from south of Englands Road roundabout and finishing at the southern end of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said the Australian Government is partnering with states and territories across the country to deliver the projects that matter.

“Not only will this project deliver local jobs in construction, but it will deliver a safer, faster commute to locals, as well as boosting flood resilience,” she said.

“Importantly, by getting thousands of vehicles out of the middle of the CBD it will give that part of Coffs Harbour back to the local community.”

The upgrade will deliver four lanes of divided motorway bypassing the Coffs Harbour CBD, taking thousands of vehicles out of the centre of town and saving motorists time by avoiding up to 12 sets of traffic lights.

NSW Deputy Premier, Paul Toole, said everything is set to go, with early works on schedule and major construction on track for the start of next year.

“This is a landmark day for Coffs Harbour that locks in who will build the biggest infrastructure project in the town’s history,” he said.

“The project will be delivered using a single design and construct contract to ensure innovation, efficiency and value for money in bringing the plan for this bypass to life.”

The bypass is expected to be open to traffic from late 2026.

In other news, construction on the Parkes Bypass is roaring ahead, with more than 100,000 cubic metres of earth removed to make way for the upgrade.